Middle East

Israel razes Palestinian structures in E. Jerusalem

Palestinians wait behind an Israeli security forces barrier as they are prevented from accessing Jerusalem's Old City during a rally by Ultra-nationalist Israelis to mark Jerusalem Day on May 28, 2014. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD GHARABLI

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities on Monday demolished a number of Palestinian car washes and horse-breeding facilities in East Jerusalem.

"The carwash was the only source of income for me and my family," carwash owner Faris Salah, 37, told Anadolu Agency.

"I'm a father of three young children. The money I used to earn [from the carwash] was barely enough. I don't know what to do now," he said.

At dawn on Monday, Israeli bulldozers backed by soldiers stormed the town of Hizma in East Jerusalem and demolished Salah's three carwashes, municipal chief Mewafaq al-Khateeb told AA.

Israeli forces also demolished a horse-breeding facility belonging to Ashraf Wazaz, 32, in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem's Old City.

Israeli municipal authorities impose tight restrictions on the building and renovation of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem.

Palestinians accuse Israel of waging an aggressive campaign to "Judaize" the holy city with the aim of effacing its Arab and Islamic identity and ultimately driving out its Palestinian inhabitants.

East Jerusalem is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which to Muslims represents the world's third holiest site.

Jews refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.





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